PVCA Christmas Bird Count

The time has come once again for the Annual Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in Penns Valley. This is 114th year for the longest lasting citizen scientist survey in the world. Every year thousands of people around the world participate as official organized "circles" that count the number of species of birds and quantity of those species in a 15 mile radius during a 24 hour period.  This is our first year as an official circle and we want to make sure that we have our routes planned out with at least one experienced birder per vehicle. If you are an experienced birder we are encouraging you to e-mail andrea@pennsvalley.net to get involved for the official Penns Valley circle on Dec. 18th. 

PVCA and Martin's Feed Mill

PVCA is very excited to announce a new collaborative initiative with Martin's Feed Mill in Coburn, PA. Martin's and PVCA will be working together to develop watershed friendly (not officially certified but a huge step) products produced locally and milled at Martins, including non-gmo (genetically modified organisms) layers' and broiler mixes, black-oil sunflower seed, and birdseed-- as you the members of PVCA purchase these products there the proceeds will go to PVCA and the work that we do for the waterways, farmers, and a thriving local economy. The products aren't quite ready, but we want to learn more about your demand for them. We're really excited to work with Martin's. (read some of the backstory here)
Owner Eliza Walton surrounded by two of her employees (Amber Laird and Kenny Lloyd) and flowers from Long Lane Flower & Garden for National Thank Your Boss (for being awesome) Day — at Martin's Feed Mill, Inc.

One of the best parts of growing sunflowers in the valley is more sunflowers in the Valley!

Perhaps you are wondering "what difference will non-GMO corn make here in our watershed?"

Well, there are a lot of reasons, but this is certainly one of them-- Monarch Butterflies.
more sunflower photos below 

PVCA - New Environmental Education Coordinator

Hi my name is Jim Flanagan and I am the newly hired Environmental Education Coordinator. I would like to share with you a little bit about myself.

Three weeks after I was born, I was already boating with my family on the Allegheny River in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, wearing a handmade life vest and smiling.  I guess you can say I was raised on the water and in nature and have been hooked ever since.  


 PVCA has an online Environmental Education Curriculum for k-12 called T.R.E.E. Online.  This is a powerful resource for all educators. Please feel free to pass this on.

Click here to visit T.R.E.E. online.

Value Added PVCA Products

As a non-profit we can produce and sell goods and services that are within the spectrum of the mission of our organization. Historically the PVCA Funding Stream has mostly been dependent on Grant Funding, our membership, and fundraisers. Part of my vision for PVCA is that we will have a diverse and stable funding stream that includes value added products that help us to achieve the mission of the organization that are also funding streams (pun intended?).

PVCA's Mission is to serve as a steward for the natural and cultural communities in the Upper Penns Creek watershed. We seek to preserve and honor the agricultural roots of Penns Valley by protecting and conserving its waters, farmlands, forests and rural heritage.

One of the places that I have been exploring as a lynchpin for opportunities for PVCA to meet the mission of the organization through the development of value-added products has been at Martin's Feedmill.  

Drinking Water Testing Clinic-

Get your drinking water tested! 
Penn State  Water Resources Cooperative Extension and Penns Valley Conservation Association are pleased to announce a free Drinking Water Testing Clinic ....

PVCA selected as Feature Member

PVCA is pleased to announce that we were selected to be the featured member of the Choose Cleanwater Coalition for the month of August!   Read more about it here:  www.ChooseCleanWater.org

Stream Monitoring Volunteers

Here at PVCA we are beginning to develop a network of volunteers familiar with stream monitoring to assess our projects and prioritize our future projects. In addition to thermal monitoring, please begin to familiarize yourself with this publication.

PA Fish and Boat Commission's
Habitat Improvement for Trout Stream